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Dear Labor, WTF?

by Miriam Axel-Lute February 28, 2013


  To “Big Labor,” especially the AFL-CIO, from the diverse and rapidly growing climate change movement: So the past few years have been going pretty well for you and us, we thought. We got your back in ...

Esperanza’s Boombox

by Paul Rapp February 21, 2013


A week or so ago I got a very agitato e-mail from the proprietor of one of those fine live music clubs in town. He’d just received a nastygram from a purported professional photographer hundreds ...



by Jo Page February 20, 2013


  Call it synergy, the turning of the ages, the leading of the Spirit, or just intuition, wishful thinking, odd timing, but I think something is happening to me that seems worth sharing—just in case the ...

Ten Books To Blow Your Mind

by Miriam Axel-Lute February 13, 2013


  It’s a good reading season, this six-more-weeks-of-winter-at-least time of year. So since I’m in the middle of a book that makes me repeatedly collar whoever is in the room with me to share the insights ...

Baby Got Plagiarized

by Paul Rapp February 7, 2013

A bunch of people have asked me to write about this Jonathan Coulton/Glee thing, so here goes. Those of you who are over, say, 30, have probably never heard of Jonathan Coulton until now. The rest ...

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Stop Segregating the Rich

by Miriam Axel-Lute January 30, 2013


  “Gentrification will reduce crime and violence—but only if poor people stay.” That’s the title of an interesting recent blog post on MetroTrends describing a move some urban researchers are making toward taking a public health approach ...

Sing, Sing, Sing

by Paul Rapp January 24, 2013

The Internet is abuzz at the moment as to whether Beyonce lip-synched the national anthem at the inaugural. I watched it live and was stunned at the performance—it was understated and controlled, and when the ...

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Contemplation and Chocolate

by Jo Page January 23, 2013


  I am one of the 12 people in the United States who has not seen Forrest Gump so I don’t know the context in which he claims that “life is like a box of chocolates. ...

Acceptable Victims

by Miriam Axel-Lute January 16, 2013

  As we start to emerge from the horror of the Newtown school shootings, I keep finding myself returning to the other half of what I thought to say when I wrote about it back in ...

Gun Crazy

by Jo Page January 10, 2013


  It seems remarkably wasteful to spill more ink arguing for a ban on assault guns and pointing out the proliferation of gun violence in this country when there appears to be some significant percentage of ...

Today the Kitchen, Tomorrow the World

by Miriam Axel-Lute January 3, 2013

  Sometimes our most satisfying triumphs are embarrassingly small. One weekend, I tackled our pantry floor, with its towering crates of jars and plastic storage containers. I had for years bemoaned the lack of an easy ...

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Smart Cookies

by Jo Page December 27, 2012


  You know what they say: a cookie is never just a cookie. They don’t say that? Well, they should. Because it’s true. And before ours fade fast into the relentless peristalsis of family members and friends, ...

Take It to the Freakin’ Bank

by Paul Rapp December 27, 2012

Holy crap, it’s prediction time again. Looking over last year’s, a couple of purely wistful-thinking predictions came through—that SOPA/PIPA would go down in flames and that Mittens would get nominated and then get pounded in ...

Get It Done

by Miriam Axel-Lute December 20, 2012

  The deadliest school violence in this country happened in 1927, when a school board official in Michigan blew up a school building, and his car, killing 38 children and 6 adults. Leonore Skenazy of the Free ...

Acceptable Levels

by Stephen Leon December 20, 2012

  For most of us, life will go on as usual after the news dies down about the mass killings in Newtown, Conn. Just as life went on after Aurora, after Tucson, after Virginia Tech, after ...

The Apocalypse? I’m Cool With That

by John Rodat December 20, 2012


  On Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, they say the world will come to an end. “Oh, that Mayan nonsense?” you scoff.  For all the popular buzz there’s little real scholarship and less hard science behind this particular ...

Visions of Light

by Jo Page December 13, 2012


  On Dec. 13th, St. Lucy’s Day, in many Scandinavian countries and in Lutheran communities in the United States, young girls wearing crowns of candles and bearing plates of saffron buns—to represent St. Lucy’s gouged-out eyes—come ...

Art of the Steal

by Paul Rapp December 13, 2012

Let’s talk about stealing versus taking. Let’s start with stealing. While walking around Miami’s huge Art Basel fair last week, artist Jason Levesque spotted three paintings that looked familiar. In fact, they were fairly precise ...

Stumbling to Solidarity

by Miriam Axel-Lute December 6, 2012


  It’s been an exciting year in labor organizing, between the Chicago teachers strike, Port of Oakland shut downs, Wal-Mart walkouts, and New York City’s multi-chain fast food workers’ walkout. Healthy, progressive labor organizing is essential ...

Happy “Accident”

by Paul Rapp November 29, 2012

Well, it happened again. Facebook blew up on Monday with a cut-and-paste declaration of “rights” that went seriously viral. It was very similar to something that flew around earlier this year; it boldly proclaimed something ...

The $250,000 Question

by Leslie Savan November 28, 2012

  Copyright 2012 The Nation, distributed by Agence Global For the last four years, President Obama has been pushing his plan to raise tax rates on people’s income over $250,000, but a new poll indicates that most ...

I Am Thanksome

by Miriam Axel-Lute November 20, 2012


  This year we’ve instituted what seems likely to become a yearly tradition of a Thanksgiving tree. It’s taped on the wall of our front stairs, trunk and branches made out of brown paper. Each day, ...

Someone Call J. Edgar

by Paul Rapp November 15, 2012

I wasn’t going to write about the Petraeus thing because everybody else is. But since most everyone is missing the most important story here, what the hell. Here we go. A certain amount of familiarity with ...

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Hope Abounds

by Jo Page November 14, 2012


  Two years ago my daughters and I lost a woman we loved as a mother and grandmother, though she was neither to us. Not closer than kin, but closer than a friend, her loss was ...

Mandate! Now, For What?

by Miriam Axel-Lute November 8, 2012


  It’s the demographics, stupid. Also the economy. And climate change. And women’s rights. Tuesday was a rout. It was more of a rout than the numbers and the results show, because let’s remember that the progressive ...